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Legal news that affect small businesses and franchises, or legal advice for franchise owners

DLA Piper’s Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015, Part 3

In Part 3 of DLA Piper's Top 10 Franchise Cases of 2015, partner John F. Verhey presented the topic for the eighth legal case with this question: What's the most effective way to enforce remodeling requirements against your franchisees?

Customer Throws Alligator through Drive-Thru Window

AlligatorIf you think you've seen it all when it comes to drive-thru conduct, you haven't yet. Last week a video was released of an October assault of a Florida Wendy's by an airborne alligator.

Mississippi 'Freedom of Conscience' Act Signed into Law

Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed the  “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” on Tuesday. Opponents of the measure, which is set to go into effect in July, say that it will allow businesses, such as restaurants, to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender patrons.

Chicken Little and the NLRB: Franchisor Joint-Employers Are Falling Everywhere

Like the plummeting acorn that caused Chicken Little to conclude that the sky is falling, the recent NLRB Browning-Ferris decision (“NLRB decision”) has triggered franchisors, and some of their franchisees, to publicly and loudly proclaim that “franchising is doomed.” This forewarning is at best a great miscalculation, and at worst an intentional exaggeration.

California Legislature Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Both houses of California's legislature passed a $15 minimum per hour wage bill on Thursday, a $5 leap up from the current $10 an hour. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign the legislation on Monday.

Agreement Reached in California to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

Sacramento, CA - Governor Jerry Brown on Monday joined legislators and labor leaders to announce an agreement that would have California commit to raise the minimum wage in annual increments to $15 per hour statewide in six years (January 1, 2022) if the plan goes through the legislature as is and becomes law.

IRS to Return Seized $150,000 to Convenience Store Owner

Under a law meant to target money launderers and drug dealers, the IRS cleaned out the bank account of a Greenville, North Carolina small business owner. No criminal charges were pressed against him.

Attorneys Say Christopher Conner Falsely Claims They Are His Counsel

GAINSVILLE, Georgia – After publishing an article yesterday regarding the lengthy litigation record of Christopher Conner, founder and president of Franchise Marketing Systems, surrounding his franchise clients, Blue MauMau received telephone calls from two prominent franchisor attorneys. Both were disturbed to read that Conner had told Blue MauMau in his interview that he was represented by the two lawyers in his legal matters. Both emphatically stated that was untrue.

Conner Says Legal Nightmare Story False; Will Exhibit at IFA Event

Chris Conner at an expo / conference
Chris Conner, Franchise Marketing Systems, exhibiting at conference.
Snapshot taken from YouTube video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Franchise Association kicks off its 2016 Convention this weekend, promising nearly 4,000 attendees in four days. The trade association urges them to spend time in its Exhibit Hall to connect with 1,400 suppliers. Promotions state, "You might meet your next business partner!"

Australia's Contract Law Change Leaves Franchisees Vulnerable

Recent amendments to Australia's laws that extend individual protections against unfair contracts to cover small business activity may miss the mark in protecting potentially vulnerable franchisees.